Melissa Pereira is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office. Ms. Pereira focuses her practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of privately held companies, private equity, and general corporate governance of a wide range of corporate structures.

While in law school, Ms. Pereira was a summer associate in Holland & Knight's Boston office, where she worked in the corporate practice. Ms. Pereira was also a Matthew Z. Gomes Fellow at the BU/MIT Startup Law Clinic, where she provided strategic legal counsel to early-stage business ventures created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University (BU) campus-based entrepreneurs. Additionally, Ms. Pereira was a legal extern for a large utility company, where she provided legal counsel on a variety of transactional and regulatory compliance litigation matters.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Hartford, B.S., Entrepreneurial Studies and Marketing, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • Young Alumni Council, Boston University School of Law, 2023
  • The Review of Banking and Financial Law Journal, Staff Editor, 2021-2022
Honors & Awards
  • Spencer R. Koch Memorial Award, Boston University School of Law, 2023
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurial Studies Award, University of Hartford, 2019
  • All-America Scholar Athlete, National Fastpitch Coaches Association, 2018-19
  • Presidential Scholar-Athlete, University of Hartford, 2019
  • International Business Honors Society: Beta Gamma Sigma, 2018-2019
  • Chi Alpha Sigma, National College Athlete Honors Society, 2019